Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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The MRLS Mystery

February 01, 2003

MRLS touched us all, and some more than others; it broke not only the spirit, but the purse strings of many farms. We accumulated information on risk factors--from weather patterns, to host plants, to unusual insect populations, to time allowed expos... Read More

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Pasture Monitoring In Kentucky

February 01, 2003

A week following the Dec. 23 release of information about the University of Kentucky's pasture monitoring related to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), Jimmy Henning, PhD, extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK)... Read More

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CEM Exemptions Rescinded for Spanish Purebred Horses

February 01, 2003

Officials from the USDA's National Center for Import/Export recently rescinded a contagious equine metritis (CEM) exemption once given to Spanish purebred horses. The exemption allowed these horses to pass through the import center with an... Read More

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No Live Foal Guarantees

February 01, 2003

Subconsciously, you've been holding your breath for months. From the moment your mare was confirmed in foal, it's been a tense waiting game. And although she will be foaling soon, you know a healthy foal is still anything but a given. Between... Read More

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Wanted: ETC Egg Masses

January 31, 2003

The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture is seeking Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) egg masses from the Central Kentucky area. Egg masses that are viable will be partly or completely covered with a brownish coating and will not have... Read More

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Caterpillar Control

January 31, 2003

Because of the proposed link of the Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the Grayson/Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Kentucky held an informational session earlier today (Jan. 31) on... Read More

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Kentucky Industry Working On Computerized System To Spot Equine Health Problems

January 31, 2003

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) is working in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, horsemen, and veterinarians to develop a computer program that would help the equine industry detect health problems like mare reproductive... Read More

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Abortions Up In Central Kentucky; Signs Not Consistent With MRLS

January 31, 2003

The abortion rate in Central Kentucky is up from a year ago, but scientists aren't sure why there has been an increase.

"At this time, there is nothing that is fully consistent with MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome)," said Dr. Lenn... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Outbreak Resolving; Strain Might be Atypical

January 29, 2003

The worst is over in the unusual equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that led to the death of 10 horses and has affected the remaining equine population at the University of Findlay’s English riding facility in Findlay, Ohio, since Jan.... Read More

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Caterpillar Research Discussion Set for Jan. 31

January 28, 2003

A discussion of work being performed to help eradicate Eastern tent caterpillars will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale pavilion in Lexington, Ky., at 9 a.m. on Jan. 31.

University of Kentucky entomologist Dan Potter and his staf... Read More

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Ohio Disease Confirmed as Equine Herpesvirus Type-1

January 24, 2003

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) officials have reported that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of the respiratory and neurologic illness that has plagued University of Findlay horses since Jan.... Read More

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Care of Sick Horses in Ohio Outbreak

January 23, 2003

The battle against the paralyzing disease that hit the English riding facility at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio was lost for 10 horses, but is still being waged for the 22 others which have been affected neurologically (see article... Read More

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Ten Ohio Horses Dead; Possible Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

January 22, 2003

At least 10 horses have died or have been euthanized at the University of Findlay (UF) in Findlay, Ohio, after battling a respiratory and neurologic illness. Preliminary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests completed on tissue samples from... Read More

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Determining Precise Link Between Tent Caterpillar and MRLS is Continuing Priority for Equine Industry

January 15, 2003

Leading Kentucky equine industry groups recently brought together 31 veterinarians and scientists for a "Think Tank" meeting to further the industry's knowledge about preventing future occurrences of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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High-Risk Pregnancies and Sick Foals

January 09, 2003

In defining a high-risk mare, Bain said she is one which has had previous foaling problems such as dystocia (difficult delivery), hemorrhage, or a red bag delivery. He said a mare also could be at risk because of medical illness, surgery, colic... Read More

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WNV Vaccination in Mares and Foals

January 01, 2003

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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Outside of Caterpillar Might Be Linked to MRLS

January 01, 2003

Since the beginning of the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001, there have been many theories as to the cause of the problems. Honing in on the extreme number of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) in 2001 and 2002, studies have shown tha... Read More

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Environment and Hormones

January 01, 2003

Some natural and man-made compounds in the environment can disrupt the delicate reproduction hormone balance in many species, possibly including horses. Her suggestion was that although this cause of reproductive dysfunction had not been studied in h... Read More

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Managers Doing Good Job with Pastures

December 30, 2002

A week following the Dec. 23 release of information about the University of Kentucky’s pasture monitoring related to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), Jimmy Henning, PhD, extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK)... Read More

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Sentinel Farm Summary; 2002 Pasture Monitoring Program

December 27, 2002

The following information was produced by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture from Wayne Long (pwlong@uky.edu) and Jimmy Henning (jhenning@uky.edu) of the... Read More

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Kentucky Abortions Update

December 18, 2002

The “blip” of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination in Mares and Foals

December 04, 2002

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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Unusual Fall Abortions in Kentucky

December 01, 2002

Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting,... Read More

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One More Piece in MRLS Puzzle

December 01, 2002

Researchers at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Whatever caused early fetal losses and late-term abortions in 2001 and... Read More

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Endometrial Cysts

November 15, 2002

Endometrial cysts occur in up to 22% of all mares and up to 55% of older mares.... Read More